Arsenal and the club mascot Gunnersaurus helped open a new climbing wall and playground for a local school this week, funded by The Arsenal Foundation.
Continuing the club’s work in the community, the foundation paid for the new facilities for Highbury Quadrant School, as well as presenting them with a framed and personalised shirt, which was worn at a recent charity match at Emirates Stadium.
The Legends game between Arsenal Legends and Milan Glorie last year helped raise £1m for charitable causes, and this is one of those causes.
The Arsenal Foundation already run numeracy and literacy sessions with the children, but now this new playground should provide them with somewhere to run football sessions as well. There will also be playing surfaces built in other schools across North London, as well as in Somalia and Jordan.
Last month, the Gunners won the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for their ‘Arsenal in the Community’ programme, and it appears they have no plans to stop this kind of charity work in the local area.
Hopefully the kids enjoyed meeting the Gunnersaurus at the unveiling and will continue to enjoy their new playground, and the Gunners find more ways to have a positive impact off the pitch.